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Pregnancy is often seen as a time for positive emotions and hopeful expectations of a new baby, and a new life as parents. However, it is estimated that each year over 55,000 Australian couples will experience a perinatal death, which equates to 1 in 4 pregnancies ending in a miscarriage, and approximately 6 babies stillborn each day.

This one-day workshop offers you an understanding of the impact that perinatal and infant loss has on parents and will assist you in developing a compassionate and best practice approach in how you can support them within your practice. It will build your confidence to know how to walk alongside families in some of the most hardest times they may have faced so far, equipping you with skills and resources in what to say and where to guide families for ongoing support.

As part of this workshop we will explore across the spectrum of pregnancy loss from infertility & miscarriage, coming to terms with an unexpected diagnosis and decision making including termination and palliative care, stillbirth and neonatal death and discuss how to provide both practical and psychological care for parents and their families, including strategies to support parents, grandparents, children as well as supporting each other as caregivers.



This workshop is designed for all multidisciplinary professionals who come in to contact with families during pregnancy from preconception through to birth, as well as those who provide care after birth or in a subsequent pregnancy, including:

  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • GP’s
  • Obstetricians
  • Emergency Medicine Practitioners
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Sonographers
  • Pathologists
  • Funeral Services
  • Chaplains
  • Child & Maternal Health Nurses
  • Students across all disciplines.



Robyn McKinnon

Having been through her own journey of loss, as well as supporting many families and health professionals over her career that began in 2001, this workshop is facilitated by the Director of the Australian Perinatal Loss Professionals Network and experienced Mental Health Social Worker – Robyn McKinnon. Bringing her collective wisdom of knowledge, research, case studies and personal stories aimed to encourage, challenge and inspire you in providing compassionate care for bereaved families and their precious babies.

Robyn has been acknowledged for her work over the years by receiving the several accolades including the Australian Allied Health Award in 2019 for Excellence in Rural and Remote work, Finalist in 2019 Social Worker of the Year,  and named 2008 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year.




We invite you to consider joining us in Sydney 2020 in April for a fully catered training day, that includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea held at a central Sydney location to be confirmed shortly.



Event Details

Thu 30 April 2020

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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$350 – $395


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Standard registration
$ 395.00